Category: News

AED Device Recipients

Kealakehe High Hosts Second Teen Health Camp

Casting – How to make a cast and remove a cast

A second Teen Health Camp was held on Saturday April 7th at Kealakehe High School.  The event was featured in West Hawaii Today newspaper. The Big Island Teen Health Camp drew about 35 students to Kealakehe High School on Saturday to learn about pathways toward careers… Continue reading

Teen Health Camp Makes News!

Compounding – Students learned how to make slime

…nearly 300 East Hawaii teens who participated in the free camp this year, its largest turnout ever. The goal was to expose students to various health care-related careers in Hawaii, which historically has experienced a shortage of physicians and other medical workers. In addition to compounding, students got to learn how to suture, put on an arm cast, practice calculating body mass index and take blood pressure. Workshops were led by older health care students, including medical students at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and pharmacy and nursing students from UH-Hilo. Continue reading

2017 Physicians of the Year

Aloha spirit accompanies medical evacuees: Student’s Mayday Kits close to his heart


High school student Chaden Shimaoka-Bello learned about meeting deadlines, reaching out for help from the community and staying organized. But the aloha spirit he included in each care package created for his Kamehameha Schools Hawaii senior legacy project flowed from empathy rather than obligation. “Just… Continue reading

“Be a Lifesaver Hawaii” campaign aims to improve cardiac arrest survival rates

Over the last two years, Hawaii Island’s survival rate for people experiencing cardiac arrest in front of bystanders went from 4 percent to 6.8 percent.

The jump appears to be the result of efforts by the Hawaii Fire Department to train people in important life-saving techniques including performing chest compressions and the use of automated external defibrillators (AEDs), according to Chris Honda, captain of the department’s Emergency Medical Services Bureau.

The Hilo Medical Center Foundation, in conjunction with partners including the fire department, the County of Hawaii, Hilo Medical Center, KTA Super Stores, the Hawaii Island Chamber of Commerce, and more, will officially kick off on Feb. 24 the “Be a Lifesaver Hawaii” campaign. Continue reading

HMCF Fundraiser for Obstetrics and Pediatric Renovations


For the little ones; Hilo hospital to improve obstetrics and pediatric units As the number of newborns on Hawaii Island continues to grow, Hilo Medical Center is looking to spruce up its obstetrics and pediatric units with a new look and new equipment. The Hilo… Continue reading

Rotary Club Awards Hilo Medical Center Foundation


The Rotary Club of Hilo’s annual Brewfest in June was a roaring success, enabling the club to donate $13,200 each to two local nonprofit recipients in addition to adding to the club’s own foundation that helps local organizations. At a recent Rotary Club meeting, Robin… Continue reading

“New Transport Van for Hilo Medical Center Patients”

The Hilo Medical Center Foundation hands over the keys of a brand new 14 passenger ADA compliant van to HMC.

Hilo, Hawaii August 4, 2014…Patients at Hilo Medical Center will enjoy a ride in the new handy lift van that will transport them to dental, ophthalmologist, and other special appointments around Hilo. Hilo Medical Center Foundation president Julie Tulang presented the keys to the new… Continue reading

Welcome! First Residents of Primary Care Training Program

The Hilo Medical Center Foundation and Hilo Medical Center welcome first residents of Hawaii Health System Corporation Primary Care Training Program!  Pictured from left to right:  Hamed Ahmadinia, MD, HMCF Executive Director Lori Rogers, HMCF Trustee Representative Clifton Tsuji and Ka’ohimanu Akiona, MD.

The Hilo Medical Center Foundation and Hilo Medical Center welcome first residents of Hawaii Health System Corporation Primary Care Training Program! Family Medicine Residents Hamed Ahmadinia, MD and Ka’ohimanu Akiona, MD were welcomed with a reception on June 27th at the Hospital’s River Cottage. Hilo… Continue reading

Urgent: Write to Your Delegates for Support

Dear Community Members, We need you to email or write a letter to the Delegates listed below by sharing any personal story related to the need for a primary doctor for your family, friends, or employees. Please voice your support for full funding of $2.8 million for the… Continue reading